Some Academy Award-winning films include ���Annie Hall,��� ���Midnight Cowboy��� and ���The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.��� These films all received the award for Best Picture in their respective years.Continue Reading
���Annie Hall��� was amateur Woody Allen���s artistic breakthrough, building on the success of his earlier comedic films with a frank, partially autobiographical film about love. Starring Allen as an anxious, fictionalized version of himself, and Diane Keaton as his free-spirited love interest, the loose, freewheeling film showed a contemporary romance that was both tender and funny. The film won Best Picture in 1977, launching Allen���s career as a serious dramatic filmmaker.
Known for its unique role as the first and only X-rated film to be awarded a Best Picture Oscar, John Schlesinger���s 1969 film ���Midnight Cowboy��� shocked audiences with its graphic depictions of sex and drug use. Starring Dustin Hoffman and John Voight as a pair of luckless drifters on the seedy side of New York City, the film also picked up the awards for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Peter Jackson���s ���Lord of the Rings��� trilogy was a mammoth undertaking, and ���The Return of the King,��� the final installment in the series, received a staggering 11 Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien���s famous fantasy series, the films starred Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler in an epic quest to save the realm of Middle Earth.Learn more about Art & Literature